Graphic Design: Side Hustle to Self-Employed
What you'll learn
- Tiny Areas You Can Multitask For Big Benefit
- Freelance "Hard-Knock" Lessons I Can Save You From Making
- Getting Your Social Media Strategy In Place
- What Needs To Go On Your Freelance Website (No Exceptions!)
- Wanting more as a designer at any level!
Are you thinking about going full-time as a freelancer in graphic design?
I totally get it. I was there. Wondering how I could ever get more out of the same 24hrs a day everyone else had AND get my freelance biz off the ground. I was already working, I was already hustling, I was already really close to burnout.
>> SPOILER ALERT: This class is not technical. It is not full of business jargon. It is not about budgets, setting up bank accounts, and tax advice. It is about staying sane and getting through that awful in-between stage of existence prior to going full-time with your world intact. <<
Even if you are just ramping up your freelance life after hours, this class will give you a bunch of tools and tips that will set you up for success!
It's a huge endeavor to get a business off the ground - especially if the business is in creative production ( like graphic design, 3D modeling, illustration, etc). Not only are you responsible for your day-to-day deliverables, but you also have to market yourself, bill clients, network, and so much more! Plus, if you are starting freelance biz while working a 9-5 job (as extra money or a way to transition full time to freelance) you've got even fewer hours to play with! Let's not mess around ok?!
Ready for a freelance mentor? Here I am!
20 years of design experience, 10 of which as a fully self-employed design professional- I've worked for many household brand names, but that wasn't always the case... I started in the basement and hustled my way through 80 hour work weeks to cut ties with the day job life and get out on my own. I have my share of networking horror stories, deadbeat clients, and way too many things I would have done differently if I had only known better! And that's what I bring to you!
You can learn design in school and off youtube for sure, but when it comes to the reality of making this your livelihood? Well, that's where I'm handy :)
We are going to go into:
Where to best use your time so you aren't spinning your wheels
What needs to happen FIRST so you don't waste time backtracking
How you can set up client boundaries to protect your sanity
Social media starting with fan #0001
Great multitasking hacks to get the most out of your time spent
What needs to be on your website - and what DOES NOT!
By the end of this class, you'll be well on your way to having that freelance side hustle up and running the right way - FAST!
Avoid the mistakes and time-wasting pitfalls so common in the industry so you can focus on the creative part - the whole reason you got into it in the first place!
Who this course is for:
- Beginning Design Students
- Overworked Assistant Designers
- Career Changers
- Design Interns
THE IMAGINATION MECHANIC: A TACTICAL (YET UNORTHODOX) PROBLEM-SOLVER
Certified Life Coach, Business Coach, and Time Management Coach. Certified & Registered Mentor with Pinellas County Schools. B.A. Fine Arts, B.S. Computer Animation, A.A. Multimedia Design.
20+ years in graphic design. Clients include:
PLACE DES ARTS: QUEBEC, SEARS, MITSUBISHI, CREAMRIGHT, GALLO WINES, WE OLIVE, LENNOX, FUJITSU, DOMOKLIC, MARINE MAMMAL CARE CENTER OF LOS ANGELES, SHURE, THE CAMPARI GROUP +
The recipient of multiple awards for writing, graphic design, and artwork, her work as an internationally recognized graphic designer, digital illustration fanatic, and digital/print promotion specialist has earned her to the opportunity to work with globally recognized brands with worldwide impact.
Monthly columnist and Purple Dragonfly Book Awards judge for Story Monsters Ink Magazine since 2017, a publication specializing in Children's Literature.
She's authored and illustrated over a dozen children’s books, including the Augmented Reality enhanced Sleep Sweet, exhibited at BookExpo 2017 in New York City, New York, and is being used nationwide in children’s hospitals for relaxation and distraction therapy.
Her art has been published several years in a row in ComicCon International’s Souvenir Book, Art 278, and multiple travel and trade publications.